Nate Hendley - Toronto Reference Library Nov, 2017

I have given presentations based around my true-crime books in libraries, bookstores, schools, and retirement homes across Ontario.

My presentations generally last one hour. I require no special equipment, although a lectern and microphone are always appreciated.

A list of my presentations:

The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto

This presentation is built around my recent book, The Boy on the Bicycle.

This book is about Ron Moffatt, a 14-year old Toronto boy wrongly convicted of killing a child in 1956. It’s a true, largely forgotten story involving a coerced confession, fumbled police investigation and the star lawyer who fought to free Moffatt from custody.

My presentation examines the case closely and offers insights as to why people falsely confess to crimes they didn’t commit—a surprisingly common phenomenon.


“Nate Hendley spoke [October 19/2018] at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University.  He was invited to speak and discuss his recent book entitled The Boy on the Bicycle.  Nate spoke passionately about the case as he knows the individual who was wrongfully convicted. He was, therefore, able to give a personal perspective on the case from those involved in addition to the well-researched and written material in the book.  His lecture generated many intelligent questions about induced confessions and the wrongfully convicted. Nate would be a welcome lecturer in the future at the LIFE Network.”

-Sandy Kingston, LIFE Network, Course Co-ordinator with Alex Borman

The following interview, recorded in August 2018 for the Stuph File Program podcast will give you a sense of what this presentation is like:


The Art of the Con

This presentation is built around my book, The Big Con (published 2016 by ABC-CLIO).

The presentation looks at con artists such as Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”) and Bernie Madoff and scams such as online romance fraud, the Nigerian Prince email (in which a supposed member of the Nigerian royal family offers a great business opportunity), disaster fraud, pyramid schemes, medical fakery and other forms of deceit.

Also under discussion: why scams continue to flourish (hint: human greed and gullibility).


“At a Waterpark Seminar in June, 2017, writer Nate Hendley gave an enlightening and entertaining talk about con artists, scams and swindlers, from Bernie Madoff to Charles Ponzi and a host of other rogues and schemes including the Nigerian Scam to lighten people’s wallets and bank accounts. We had a full house of attendees who had great questions during and after the presentation. Nate speaks clearly, the presentation was tailored to our audience and we appreciated Nate’s humour.”

-Peter Russell, Coordinator of the Waterpark Seminar Series

“Nate Hendley recently gave a talk about cons and scams at our Probus club. I found that the presentation was very well researched and documented. Nate’s style of delivery is very engaging and informative. Our members really enjoyed the presentation; it was one of the best of the year. It’s obvious that Nate is very well qualified in his area of expertise.”

-Kerry Long, Probus Club of Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

The following interview, recorded September 2016 with Talk Radio Europe will give you a sense of what this presentation is like:


Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice

This presentation is built around my book of the same title, which looked at the tragic case of a small-town Ontario teenager wrongfully convicted of murder in 1959.

La Cosa Nostra

This presentation is based around my book about the American Mafia, and looks at the rise of the United States’ most notorious criminal underworld.  In addition to detailing the origins of the American Mafia, I discuss legal initiatives designed to combat the mob, such as the RICO statute, wiretapping and witness protection.

The Big Bosses

This presentation looks at gang leaders from the past such as Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Torrio, Dion O’Banion and Arnold Rothstein. I discuss how Prohibition turned street-corner thugs into millionaire mob bosses and instituted a wave of lawlessness, particularly in Chicago and New York City. This presentation is based around my books about American gangsters, Dutch Schultz and Al Capone.


To get a sense of my speaking style, here is a video of a crime writer panel discussion I took part in November 23, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library. My part begins at the 23 minute mark:

I charge reasonable rates and can present anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, contact me at: